Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2016 Audi A5 OVERVIEW
The coupe version of Audi's popular A4 sedan, the A5 combines luxury and style with a touch of sport. While it's not as spacious as the brand's four-door compacts, A5 retains many of their practical virtues, including fine efficiency and a usable trunk.
What's New for 2016
All models now come with the sporty "S line" exterior treatment. Convertibles can get a new acoustic top in red.
Choosing Your Audi A5
Available as a four-passenger coupe or soft-top convertible, the A5 carries a 2-liter four-cylinder engine good for 220 horsepower. The coupe comes standard with all-wheel drive and your choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The convertible starts out with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The optional all-wheel drive system comes only with the eight-speed automatic. Expect to pay about $6,500 more for the convertible.
Both body styles are available in three trim levels:
We recommend starting at the Premium Plus trim level, which makes the A5 feel like a complete luxury car. From there, the Sport package is the worthiest add-on in our view, providing sports car-like handling with hardly any loss in ride comfort.
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